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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists & Models to Participate in Competitive Portrait Drawing

October 30, 2019

Forget March Madness. Think ART Madness. The Arts Council of York County’s Competitive Portrait Drawing is a tournament style knockout battle that begins with sixteen artists paired off in sets of two. Each pair is in competition to create their best portrait of a model with just five minutes on the clock. Pencils down at the sound of the buzzer. The model in each pairing serves as judge and jury, choosing their favorite of the two portraits drawn of them. The winning artist from each pair then moves on to the next round until only two artists remain. The final two artists go head-to-head in Round 4, with the decision going to the final model of the evening. The winning artist of the competition is crowned champion and is awarded the $100 grand prize.

The event takes place on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019, from 6 – 7pm at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730

NEEDED: 16 artists, 15 models

ARTISTS: No Fee to Participate
E-mail Michael Gentry, Gallery Manager at (mgentry@yorkcountyarts.org)

MODELS: $10 sitting fee – register online at (yorkcountyarts.org/competitiveportraitdrawing).

Each model serves as the judge of their match! After sitting for their portraits, the models will choose their favorite portrait of themselves, and the winning artist will move on to the next round. Models will be able to pick up their portraits after November 25.

Round 1 – 16 artists paired off in 8 sets, sketching/drawing 8 models
Round 2 – 8 artists paired off in 4 sets, sketching/drawing 4 models
The 8 artists competing in Round 2 are the winning artists from Round 1
Round 3 – 4 artists paired off in 2 sets, sketching/drawing 2 models
The 4 artists competing in Round 3 are the winning artists from Round 2
Round 4 – 2 artists go head-to-head, drawing a single model
The 2 artists competing in Round 4 are the winning artists from Round 3

Competitive Portrait Drawing is organized by the Arts Council of York County. It is a part of the Friday Arts Project’s 2019 ART PARTY. More info at (artparty.fridayartsproject.org).

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition – Dec. 15, 2019

October 9, 2019

The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3, 2020, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including posters, billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, apparel, online, and more.

The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery during May 2020. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at (http://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com) by the Dec. 15 deadline. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Media Art, and Literature. For more than 35 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Joseph Kameen of Graniteville, SC (2019), Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC (2018), Judy McSween of Charleston, SC (2017), Lisa Shimko of Charleston, SC (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Goose Creek, SC (2011).

For more information about the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office by calling 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Announce the Winners of its First Regional Juried Show

October 8, 2019

The first-place winner in West Main Artists Co-op’s first four-state juried art exhibit, “WMAC 2019” is Cindy Shute of Lockhart, SC, for her oil-on-linen painting “Peacemaker: Hrair Balian”. She receives a cash prize of $2,500 that was given in memory of Frank P. Cyrill, Jr.


Work by Cindy Shute

Second prize of $1,000 was taken by Gordon Dohm of Greenville, SC, for his photograph “Fungi Fantasy”.


Work by Gordon Dohm

And, third-place of $500 was won by Tracey M. Timmons of Spartanburg, SC, for “Manacle of Justice”, a bracelet made of vitreous enamel, copper, silver, brass, and photography.


Work by Tracey M. Timmons

The seven merit awards of $100 and $250 went to Mark Flowers of Alexander, NC; Lee Sipe of Columbia, SC; Sabrina Barilone of Macon, GA; Tom Dimond of Seneca, SC; Christina Dixon of Roebuck, SC; David Stuart of North Augusta, SC; and Martha Worth of Hilton Head, SC.

“WMAC 2019” opened on Saturday, Sept. 14, and closed on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. It was open to all adult visual artists in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Two-hundred-forty-one (241) artists from the four states applied, and 66 were admitted into the show based on the judgement of jurors Ann DerGara and Mike Vatalaro.

The winners were announced on Saturday, Sept. 21, during a reception and awards ceremony. Seventy-four (74) works of art in this exhibit were on display at the Co-op, which is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. There is no charge to see the exhibitions.

“We could not be happier with our first juried show,” Chair, Beth Regula said. “This is something we had wanted to do for several years, and it took more than a year of planning, but it was worth it. Having a show of this magnitude and with these cash prizes establishes West Main Artists Co-op as an art agency that is leading Spartanburg in its quest to be an art Mecca in South Carolina and throughout the South. It says we have the creativity, the knowhow, the professionalism, the resources, and the desire to take the Co-op to the next level. Next year will be even better!”

“I’m so excited to be a part of WMAC’s world,” Shute said. “This first exhibition was as professionally conducted as I have ever seen. When I was told I was Best in Show, at the time, honestly, I was shocked. It’s not that I didn’t think my painting is good. As a professional artists mature, we know our good work from our less successful efforts — I think that’s a key part of being a professional. So I wasn’t surprised to have been included in the show.

“When I arrived that evening and saw the body of work I was thrilled. Virtually every piece in the exhibition is good — very good. A couple of pieces took my breath away. So, I felt particularly honored to be included. With ‘Peacemaker’, I had pushed myself into a new space with portraiture. In my early work I tended to avoid background, contextual elements, thinking at the time that the subject should convey their story a priori — that the essence of the sitter should be codified in the presentation of their likeness, and if successful, the minimalist approach would say everything that needed to be said. So this new approach for me, including symbolic elements to tell the story, was a big leap.

“I honestly feel validated,” she continued. “I wasn’t sure if the piece worked. So now I’m really charged up about this new direction, and ready to take on more portrait-stories. And I’m so very grateful to WMAC for giving me a big hug along the way!”

The Co-op is a membership-based nonprofit arts agency with more than 50 members, who are visual artists and performing artists. It is housed in a former Baptist church near downtown Spartanburg on West Main Street. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Co-op houses 31 artists studios, two stages, three galleries, a printery, a ceramics studio, and the largest collection of for-sale locally made art in Spartanburg. Each month, the Co-op normally installs three exhibits by its members and guest artists.

In their jurors’ statements, Ann DerGara said: “ I am amazed at the quality of work that was entered. I think that opening the show to additional states has made this become an important show for the region and Spartanburg. The arts are growing rapidly in the region and this show will make Spartanburg known as art venue as well as Asheville and Greenville. As the Arts grow so does the economy. WMAC produced this show and jury with professionalism and expertise.”

Mike Vatalaro said: “The very nature of a juried exhibition celebrates a broad range of medium and imagery. I enjoyed the task of identifying works that well represented the mediums chosen, techniques accomplished and the subjects investigated. The exhibition reveals a broad selection of work which I believe demonstrate an individual vision within both conventional and experimental genres. I was very impressed by the quality and richness demonstrated in all of the mediums displayed. I hope you will find each work invites close examination and has something unique to offer.”

A list of all accepted work can be found online at (www.WestMainArtists.org).

“This is a vast and diverse show,” Regula said. “I invite the public to come see it and to take in the talent and creativity that surrounds us here in the South. A large show such as this one, expands our appreciation for the art that is readily available to us. It makes a statement that West Main Artists Co-op are striving and succeeding at making Spartanburg THE art community in South Carolina and beyond.”

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces 2019 New World Festival of the Arts Award Recipients Presented by PNC Bank

September 18, 2019

Manteo, NC, was filled with talent on Aug. 14 and 15, 2019, when over 60 East Coast artists gathered along the town’s waterfront for the 38th Annual New World Festival of the Arts.

Artist Nora Hartlaub, owner of the OBX Art Truck and adjunct professor at Elizabeth City State University judged the show. Photography, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, watercolor, basketry and wood design were some of the media she observed.

Hartlaub carefully selected the following winners:
Best In Show- Kristen Dahms from Hampton, VA (mixed media paintings)
Second Place- Pete Lewando from Avon, NC (photography)
Third Place- Maureen Hearn from Copper Hill, VA (jewelry)
Honorable Mentions- Skip Stang from Ayden, NC (metals), Pembroke Bryant IV from Manteo, NC (jewelry), Meg Rubino from Kitty Hawk, NC (watercolor), and Donna Silvestri from Richmond, VA (jewelry)

“Kristen Dahms’ textured and layered works evoke the depths of imagination inherent in the natural world,” said Nora Hartlaub. “Her pieces impressed me with their labor intensiveness and light-heartedness, two opposing concepts that she marries successfully in her complex pieces.”
Kristen uses nature and animals as the foundation of her paintings. Her art focuses on the exploration of color, layering, texture and patterns. Kirsten starts by using coffee to stain her paper then moves on to utilizing watercolor paint, ink, chalk pastel, oil pastel, color pencils and markers to add details.

“It is an honor to win Best In Show among many talented artists,” said Kristen Dahms. “The show is in a gorgeous location on the Manteo waterfront.”

New World Festival of the Arts is the Outer Banks’ longest running art show. The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene in 1981.

New World Festival of the Arts is presented by PNC Bank. A special thank you to the Town of Manteo, Kitty Hawk Kites, Manteo Rotary Club, Atlantic Elevators, Outer Banks Ace, McCown & McCown, Lone Cedar Café, White Doe Inn and Holiday House Weddings and Events for sponsoring the event.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information about New World Festival of the Arts, visit (DareArts.org) or call 252/473-5558.

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Call for Submissions to “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” – Nov. 3, 2019

September 18, 2019

The Florence County Museum is proud to present the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence. The competition aims to highlight the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. This year’s exhibition will be on display in the FCM Waters Gallery located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.

Any person who is a native or resident of the following Pee Dee counties is eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg. The 1st place award receives $1,000. The 2nd place award receives $500. The 3rd place award receives $250. Honorable Mention receives $100. People’s Choice receives $50.

We are excited to announce this year’s online submission and judging process for the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”. Artists are invited to upload digital imagery of original work for consideration. Please visit (flocomuseum.org/pee-dee-regional).

Online submissions will be accepted through 10pm on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. After which time, the competition juror will select works from online submissions. Artists will be notified by e-mail as to each entry’s acceptance status during the week of Nov. 18, 2019.

Artists whose work has been accepted by the juror into the semifinal round will be required to drop off their work at the FCM Waters Gallery, Dec. 2-13, 2019.

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Calls for Entries for “Nature at Its Best”

September 11, 2019

The Stanly Arts Guild, located at 330-C North Second Street in Albemarle, NC, is looking for artists to enter the annual “Nature at Its Best” art show on view from October 8 – November 2, 2019. It is a sponsored show with top prize being $500. All works must have a “ nature” theme (fish, feather, fur, field, forest, flower), and may be 2D, 3D or photography.

For a show prospectus or more information you may call show chair, Jaclyn Layman, at 704/322-0382 or visit (www.stanlyartsguild.com) online.

Diamond City Gala Art and Music Festival in Morehead City, NC, Call for Artists Participation – Deadline Sept. 15, 2019

September 11, 2019

Artists are being sought for the Diamond City Gala Art and Music Festival to be held on October 19, 2019, from noon-6pm, in Morehead City, NC. Set up your booth to sell your wares and take part in a day-long painting event!

Each booth purchased must pick one artist to paint a “coastal” themed painting during the festival (from 8:30am – 5pm). An 18 x 24 canvas will be supplied with each booth. At 5pm all paintings will be judged on craftsmanship, creativity, originality, artistic composition and overall design.

September 15 is the deadline to reserve discounted spaces for $60. After that date spaces are $90 if still available.

Diamond City Gala is a non-profit organization annually celebrating local history, art and music while raising money to support our local community.

This year’s Gala aims to help rebuild Carteret Community Theatre damaged from Hurricane Florence in Fall 2018.

Questions? E-mail to (diamondcitygala@gmail.com).

Download application form at this link at (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0af9a0f24479860bca2a55480/files/a1258917-cb7f-4cfe-b41c-7b50487d9514/application_contract_DCG_19.8.20_1_.pdf).

A Call for Entries for “Expressions” A Judged Art Competition Organized by Muddy River Art Association in Winston-Salem, NC – Deadline Sept. 23, 2019

September 11, 2019

Location

Keener Gallery at Allegacy Headquarters, 1691 Westbrook Plaza Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 9- 5 pm; Friday 9-6 pm, Saturday 9-12 noon

Calendar

Entry Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2019
Drop –Off: Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 9- 11 am
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 from 5-7 pm
Pick –up: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 1-4 pm

Eligibility
The competition is open to all adults 18 years of age or older. All two-dimensional visual art media are eligible such as painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and fiber art. Please deliver artwork to the Keener Gallery with the entry label attached, the entry form, and entry fee.

All works must be the original work of the submitting artist, completed within the last three years and not created under instruction. Hand pulled prints, original digital prints and numbered prints and photos are eligible. No mass produced prints, giclees, or unnumbered photo prints, are eligible.

The artist must own the copyright to any work entered.

Artwork may not exceed 36 x 36 inches.

All artwork must be framed or gallery wrapped, with the exception of fiber art.

Artwork must be ready to hang on the wall with wire. Sawtooth hangers are not allowed.

Awards

The juror will award prizes as follows: 1st Place- $300; 2nd Place – $250, 3rd Place – $200, three Honorable Mentions – $30.
The juror’s decision is final. Prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception.

Fees
One entry per artist will be accepted. The entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for non members. Make your checks payable to Muddy River Art Association.
All artwork sales transactions will be handled directly between buyer and artist. Muddy River Art Association does not charge commission. Allegacy Federal Credit Union receives no fees or commissions from this art competition.

How to Enter
Entry deadline: Friday, September 23, 2019
Send an e-mail with the subject “Expressions“ by September 23 to (ginnieartist@hotmail.com).
Include your name, title, media, size, and price

Delivery
Please deliver artwork to the Keener Gallery with the entry label attached, the entry form, and entry fee. Due to space limitations, it is possible that not all work may be accepted. In such a case, the artist will be notified to pick up their work and the entry fee will be returned.

Juror
Carol Moates is a signature member of Watercolor Society of N.C. and Southern Watercolor Society. She served as the Visual Art Director with City Arts, in Greensboro, NC for 30 years. Her art studies include: UNCG; GTCC where she studied commercial art; a special two-year calligraphy course; and studies with numerous national and international instructors in oil, watercolor, portraiture and lettering arts.

Liability

All reasonable care and precautions will be taken in handling, installation and display of submitted works. However, any work entered in the show is to be left with the understanding that neither the Muddy River Art Association nor Allegacy Federal Credit Union is to be held responsible for loss or damage to entries.

To get a copy of the entry form e-mail Ginnie Conaway at (ginnieartist@hotmail.com).

10th Annual Rosewood Art and Music Festival Takes Place in Columbia, SC – Oct. 5, 2019

August 13, 2019

Columbia, SC’s micro urban festival, the 10th annual Rosewood Art & Music Festival is a non-profit, one-day, free admittance, outdoor festival. It takes place Oct. 5, from 11am-7pm, at 2901 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC 29205.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, thousands of visitors will descend into the Rosewood Neighborhood to enjoy; great music by multiple bands on the big stage, our new festival space will be filled with original art, by artists, writers, potters and more, from all over the Southeast. Enjoy poetry under the shade tree, grab your dance shoes and dance in front of the stage or simply enjoy the sounds as you wander from booth to booth while voting for your favorite in the juried show/pop-up gallery tent and celebrate southern arts and culture.

This year we celebrate our 10th year with new festival grounds; 1 large stage to feature awesome bands from around the southeast, a huge variety of artists booths, both homegrown and from around the country, showing original works of pottery, paintings, jewelry and more, meet authors & artists in our communal tents, and enjoy spoken word under the shade tree.

The public will vote and enjoy the competitive Jury Show/Pop-up gallery. Jury Show participants compete for a share of more than $2000 in prize money.

New this year – food vendors.

Call to Artists – Free Applications are now open to professional, amateur & emerging creators to apply to Participate as Exhibitors. Spaces for booths or communal space &/or Juried Show/Pop-up gallery.

Deadline is August 25, 2019.

Review Categories and Rules online at (www.RosewoodFestival.com).

For further information call 803/250-6187, e-mail to (contact@RosewoodFestival.com), or visit (www.RosewoodFestival.com).

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, Calls for Submissions for “2019 MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 30, 2019

August 9, 2019

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration for the “2019 MOJA Arts Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition”. The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. This year’s festival is Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2019. The “2019 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition” will be held at the Cannon Street Arts Center, juried by artist Alvin Glen.

A native of Dorchester, SC, Alvin B. Glen began drawing at an early age. Graduating from South Carolina State University, in 1979, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education, he went on to become a certified Art instructor, Band Director, and was voted Teacher of the Year. He currently teaches art at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School, and has been an art teacher for 31 years. As for Glen’s work, his earlier work contained mixed-media; (pencils, fabric dyes and spray paints). Presently, he combines those medium with watercolor, dye and pencils. His work is mostly inspired by children and the elderly. He sometimes creates work reminiscent of people and events from his past, church, school and even his students. He has competed in many juried art exhibitions, served as an art exhibition juror and has exhibited in solo and group art exhibitions extensively, including Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC, Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston, SC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, I.P. Stanback Museum at S.C. State University, Orangeburg, SC, the Spartanburg Arts Center, Spartanburg, SC and a host of other venues. His work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections. Currently, he is exhibiting at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery in Charleston, SC.

Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Artwork in the following categories may be submitted: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, and graphics. Additional work in fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media will also be juried, however, space constraints will dictate our ability to exhibit. Wall pieces must be framed and ready for hanging. Freestanding pieces must be fully assembled and ready for installation. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from future participation. An exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display. Please be aware that the exhibition space is unable to store any packing materials or crates at delivery from local artists. Out-of-state artists are responsible for packing, insuring, and shipping (to and from the exhibition space) their works if they are chosen.

Estimated art delivery date for the exhibition is Sept. 18. All artists living in the state of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia are invited to submit. Please include the artwork title, medium, and size in the description of each piece.

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion: (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Important Information
Deadline: Aug. 30, 2019
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Click here to apply at (https://cgwp.slideroom.com/#/login/program/49977).

For more information, please contact Katrina Staaf at the Office of Cultural Affairs at 843/724-7305 or by e-mail at (staafk@charleston-sc.gov).